All About Glass

All About Glass

This is your resource for exploring various topics in glass: delve deeper with this collection of articles, multimedia, and virtual books all about glass. Content is frequently added to the area, so check back for new items. If you have a topic you'd like to see covered, send us your suggestion. If you have a specific question, Ask a Glass Question at our Rakow Research Library.

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Watch With The Artist: SALT
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Have you ever wondered what’s going through an artist’s mind as they’re making a piece a piece of glass? Here’s your chance to ask them directly. Join us on YouTube as we host our Watch with the Artist online event series. For our next online event, watch with master flameworker Salt on Wednesday,

Connected by Glass: Reconnecting with the Collection
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As The Corning Museum of Glass reopens its doors to the public, visitors are getting reacquainted with the vast and varied objects in our collection—and so are our staff members! Meet several people on our team who are closest to the collection and draw inspiration from it. Learn about their

Little Gather: Magic Show
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Join John, a performer associated with the Airigami team, for a mystifying magic show. Introduce little ones to the Museum through this popular free summer program. The Museum offers Little Gather presentations on Wednesday mornings, with storytelling, puppet shows, magic shows, music, and lots of

Little Gather: A Couple of Puppets
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In this version of “The Three Little Pigs”, BB (a reformed wolf with allergies), sells real estate to the new pigs in town. This puppet show features hand-carved marionettes, musical numbers and lots of laughs. Introduce little ones to the Museum through this popular free summer program. The Museum

Little Gather: “The Bubble Circus!” with Doug Rougeux (from 2020)
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A One-Man circus of BIG (and small) bubbling, juggling, mime and slapstick! Introduce little ones to the Museum through this popular free summer program. The Museum offers Little Gather presentations on Wednesday mornings, with storytelling, puppet shows, magic shows, music, and lots of fun! Little

Little Gather: Allegany River Indian Dancers
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Led by Bill Crouse, enrolled member of the Seneca Nation, The Allegany River Indian Dancers will showcase the traditional songs and dances of the Iroquois Indians while wearing traditional regalia. Introduce little ones to the Museum through this popular free summer program. The Museum offers

Little Gather: Doc Possum
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Come rock out to the sounds of Doc Possum as he revisits old favorites and includes some new songs. This energetic show features songs Doc has written especially for CMoG. Sing along with “Paperweight Pals” and more! Introduce little ones to the Museum through this popular free summer program. The

Connected by Glass: Reconnecting with the Collection
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As The Corning Museum of Glass reopens its doors to the public, visitors are getting reacquainted with the vast and varied objects in our collection—and so are our staff members! Meet several people on our team who are closest to the collection and draw inspiration from it. Learn about their

Glass Masters at Work: William Gudenrath
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Experience the genius of master glassmaker William Gudenrath in this installment of the Glass Masters at Work series, filmed at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass by award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman in 2010. Until now, this film has only been available on DVD. Watch the

Glass Masters at Work: Lino Tagliapietra
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Lino Tagliapietra is an extraordinary artist, acknowledged widely as the best glassblower in the world. His work is noted for its complexity, elegance, and visual poetry. Tagliapietra has had a lasting impact on American studio glassblowing. Born on the island of Murano, he worked as an assistant

Glass Masters at Work: Mark Matthews
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This video presents Mark Matthews, a maker of extraordinary glass spheres, and demonstrates how he creates some of his designs. Matthews is renowned for the impressive range of techniques he uses to produce complex geometric patterns and realistic interpretations of animal pelts within glass

Glass Masters at Work: Vittorio Costanini
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Vittorio Costantini is a Venetian glass master known for his precisely rendered small flameworked sculptures. He is inspired by nature, and he works with a range of subjects, including multi-colored insects, butterflies, birds, fish, and flowers. Costantini's pieces are celebrated for their

Glass Masters at Work: Pino Signoretto
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Venetian maestro Pino Signoretto is recognized as one of the preeminent glass sculptors in the world today. He trained with celebrated Venetian maestro Alfredo Barbini and became a master himself in 1960, manipulating glass with uncommonly high skill. Signoretto has worked with international

Connected By Glass: Hidden Identities
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Queerness is as old as human civilization itself. Yet members of this community throughout time have often been forced to hide their identities to avoid persecution. Using subtle codes and signals to connect with one another is one way in which Queer people have managed to survive, live and love. A

Alternate Inflation A Closer Look
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The Studio team has developed new techniques and equipment to allow for safe glassmaking. Learn more about the Alternate Inflation Devices that are installed at each bench.

Atlernate Inflation Device In Action
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The Studio team has developed new techniques and equipment to allow for safe glassmaking, including installing Alternate Inflation Devices in all the hot shops.

Foundations Vol 1: Intro to Furnace Glassblowing with William Gudenrath
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The Foundations Series is designed to help beginning students learn basic glassworking techniques. William Gudenrath, the resident adviser at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, offers a step-by-step approach to begin glassblowing at the furnace. Gudenrath starts with simple exercises and

Foundations Vol 2: Intro to Flameworking with Emilio Santini
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This series is designed to help beginning students learn glassworking techniques. Emilio Santini was born into a family with a 600-year glassblowing tradition on the island of Murano, Italy. A popular instructor at The Studio, he teaches a variety of courses. In this video, Santini instructs

Connected by Glass: Catch Up with the Curators
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Hear an update about the Museum directly from our curators at this members-only Connected By Glass. Learn what they have been working on during our closure and how they are readying the galleries for visitors when we reopen. We'll be joined by: Karol Wight, President and Executive Director,

WWTA Patrick Primeau Guest Artist Demonstration
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Have you ever wondered what’s going through an artist’s mind as they’re making a piece in our Amphitheater Hot Shop? Here’s your chance to ask them directly. Join us as we host our Watch with the Artist online event series. The artist will be available to chat and answer your questions in real time

Watch With The Artist: Laura Donefer
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Have you ever wondered what’s going through an artist’s mind as they’re making a piece in our Amphitheater Hot Shop? Here’s your chance to ask them directly. Join us on YouTube as we host our Watch with the Artist online event series. For our next online event, watch with master glassmaker Laura

Keeping Soft Glass on Center and Solving Some Basic Coordination Challenges on the Bench
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Bill Gudenrath shows how you can practice glassblowing from home. William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, and teacher. He is an authority on historical hot glassworking techniques from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance, and has presented lectures and demonstrations throughout the

Engaging with Museums You Love | Connected by Glass
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Cultural attractions inspire wonder and spark curiosity. We all love wandering through an airy space filled with contemporary art or visiting the marine animals at an aquarium. Even though we can’t step into their physical spaces right now, your favorite cultural attractions are working hard to let

Eggshell Thin Pâte de verre with Shin-ichi Higuchi | Master Class Series, Volume X
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Pâte de verre is a kiln-casting process in which colored powdered glass is packed into a plaster mold, then fired at a high temperature. The result is a relatively thick, somewhat opaque object. This complex method of glassworking is shown in great detail in the earlier video Master Class Series IV

Flameworking with Cesare Toffolo | Master Class Series, Volume V
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Cesare Toffolo is considered by many to be the world’s finest technical flameworker. Toffolo was born into a family of well-known Muranese glassblowers and started lampworking in his father’s studio when he was 15. Working in collaboration with such famous glasshouses as Venini, Fratelli Toso,

Cane Working with Lino Tagliapietra | Master Class Series, Volume I
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Produced from 1998 to 2014, each video in The Studio’s Master Class Series presents a portrait of an artist and teaches a glassworking technique. Until now, these 30-minute videos have only been available on DVD. This video follows celebrated glassmaker Lino Tagliapietra as he makes canes and uses

Kiln-Formed Glass with Rudy Gritsch | Master Class Series, Volume VI
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Produced from 1998 to 2014, each video in The Studio’s Master Class Series presents a portrait of an artist and teaches a glassworking technique. Until now, these 30-minute videos have only been available on DVD. Rudy Gritsch, an Austrian artist and instructor, takes viewers through many of his

Casting Glass with Daniel Clayman | Master Class Series, Volume IX
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Daniel Clayman creates large-scale, cast-glass minimalist sculptures that evoke familiar objects and capture space and volume, transforming intangible light and shadow into the tangible. In this video, Clayman takes viewers through the process of kiln casting with glass, including creating the

Beadmaking with Kristina Logan | Master Class Series, Volume VII
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Kristina Logan is internationally recognized for her precisely patterned, delicate glass beads, which she combines with metalwork to create jewelry and functional objects. In this video, Logan demonstrates her process of beadmaking at the torch, finishing the glass by cold working, and

Watch with the Artist: Janusz Poźniak
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Have you ever wondered what’s going through an artist’s mind as they’re making a piece in our Amphitheater Hot Shop? Here’s your chance to ask them directly. Join us as we host our Watch with the Artist online event series. For our next online event, watch with Blown Away finalist Janusz Poźniak.

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